Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar—the Planning Minister informed on Wednesday that it is in the plans of the government to introduce the Roshan Pakistan project in the province of Baluchistan for solarising more than 30,000 tube wells within a short time frame.
While responding to a calling attention notice presented by the Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, the minister added that the government was fully prepared to incorporate the unapproved projects costing Rs60.04 billion for Baluchistan in the next budget of 2019-20.
Senator Shahi brought the minister’s attention on decreasing the number of funds that are under the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) from nine hundred and fifty billion rupees to six hundred and seventy-five billion rupees for the province, affecting on the infrastructure, health, communication and education sectors majorly.
The minister mentioned that the earlier government of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz had included Rs750 billion costing projects in PSDP for Baluchistan in the last month of governance in order to please the people of the province. He further added that the cureent government was fully committed to give most share to the socio-economic uplift of the ignored province.
He maintained that the government has already asked SUPARCO—Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission to recognize the possible areas for the making of 100 dams in Baluchistan. Additionally, in collaboration with the provincial government, the minister informed that they are planning to irrigate 700,000 acres of the land of Baluchistan.
He also said that the underdeveloped areas of Pakistan which include North Sindh, Baluchistan, and South Punjab are among the top most priorities of the Regional Equalisation Strategy policy of the government.